8 Hours Sleep and Still Tired? Beverly Hills Top Surgeon & Sleep Doctor Highlights New Innovations for More Restful Sleep Guest Post by Dr. David Saadat According to the National Sleep Foundation, 18 million American adults suffer from sleep apnea and 45% of Americans say poor sleep affects their daily activities at least once a week. Poor sleep is not a fact of life; it’s an epidemic that can lead to many more serious issues if left untreated. As a facial plastic surgeon and expert in treatments focused on improving sleep, I not only perform aesthetic procedures daily, but also treat patients who deal with symptoms including chronic fatigue, forgetfulness, mood swings, morning headaches, waking up in the middle of the night with a choking sensation, and the list goes on. What most people don’t realize is that there are a number of breakthrough treatments that can dramatically change people’s lives by allowing them to sleep more restfully, without disturbances or breathing obstruction, and restoring energy, alertness and enthusiasm in their daily lives. And none of the following procedures require that uncomfortable, cumbersome and disruptive CPAP machine that many doctors so quickly prescribe. They include: Hypoglossal nerve stimulation: The most breakthrough procedure to combat sleep apnea is an implantable treatment option called Inspire® therapy. For those unable to get benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Inspire monitors every breath you take during sleep. Based on your breathing patterns, the system stimulates the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the movement of your tongue and other key airway muscles. By stimulating these muscles, the airway remains open during sleep. The device is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote, which allows you to turn Inspire therapy on and off before and after bed, increase and decrease stimulation strength, and pause during the night if needed. This treatment requires a minor surgery to place a device inside the body, so it might not be for everyone, but as one of the few surgeons in Los Angeles certified in this procedure, I consistently see its success in eliminating sleep apnea. Latera® Nasal Valve: This is an implant that supports upper and lower lateral cartilage on the inside of the nose, reinforcing the nasal wall to reduce nasal airway obstruction and its symptoms, including nasal congestion and other breathing issues that effect sleep quality. The procedure can be performed in minutes and is highly effective in providing immediate relief and dramatically impact patients’ ability to breathe through their nose. Sleep Endoscopy: (also known as Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy) – Before determining the most appropriate treatment for sleep apnea sufferers, I sometimes recommend a sleep endoscopy in order to clearly and meticulously study the airway in a sleeping patient and to accurately diagnose obstruction. During this procedure, a fiber-optic endoscope is passed through a sleeping patients nasal cavity and the results help us determine the exact treatment plan for overcoming sleep apnea. While these new treatments are successfully transforming the lives of those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, plenty of people simply have a hard time sleeping. Easy fixes for more restful sleep include establishing a regular bedtime routine; taking a hot bath before bed; keeping your bedroom dark and cool; turning off those TV, laptop and iPhone screens; and avoiding exercise before bed. If these don’t work, and you feel like you’re sleep walking through your day, come visit me at my Beverly Hills office and we’ll help you live a more restful, happy and energetic life. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Dr. David Saadat is a world-renowned surgeon who has three board certifications—in facial plastic/reconstructive surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), and sleep medicine—with more than 20 years of experience. He is the founder of a thriving medical practice and training institute, as well as the founder of Roxbury Surgical Center, an in-house accredited surgical suite in the heart of Beverly Hills, reserved exclusively for his patients and partner physicians. He is also a highly sought-after speaker, lecturer and educator, and he is a national trainer for many of the most esteemed medical brands and devices.